CHAMPLAIN - Students and faculty at Northeastern Clinton Central School were recently treated to a live broadcast from radio personalities Lana Wilder and John Nolan.
The disc jockeys, best known as Lana and Nolan from Star 92.9 FM, visited the school to promote literacy and the school's reading programs - the "100 Book Challenge" and the "Cougar Cubs."
Lana and Nolan interviewed students who are reading at various levels. Students explained the reasoning behind their reading choices and what makes reading fun. Some students remarked reading takes you to places you might not normally be able to travel, while others said it is relaxing or just plain fun.
According to teaching assistant Jeanne Bousquet, the 100 Book Challenge is a reading program that encourages and motivates students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades to read.
"The children choose books at their own reading level with the goal of making reading fun, fast and easy," said Bousquet, "a goal that is easily attainable because each step in the program is equal to 15 minutes of reading."
The Cougar Cubs program is similar to the 100 Book Challenge, but implemented at the elementary level, she added.
Students were also given the opportunity to communicate the notable activities with which their school organizations have been involved to the Star 92.9 audience. Some of the featured groups discussed the toy drive, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, a penny drive, and food drive.
"The students in this community participate in an array of activities and often go without recognition," said Bousquet. "We appreciated the chance to share the accomplishments of our students with the North Country that morning."
With the help of the administrators and NCCS staff , the school was able to make donations to the Clinton County Christmas Bureau and "Last Chance Christmas" in Burlington, Vt.